A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Jackie Clark, who does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. She asked if she could write a guest post on the topic of women faced with cancer. I've clearly been lazy about this blog, but this seemed like a really good reason to post again. I hope her article inspires whoever stops by, and that you check out Jackie's other articles. Thanks, Jackie!
How Vintage Fashion can be a Source of Comfort and Strength
By Jackie Clark
A cancer diagnosis can be a horrible jolt to a once-peaceful life. It is important for a woman to do things to stay positive at this time. A strong focus on recovery can help you through strenuous treatment, and you may want to indulge special interests at this time.
Vintage fashion can offer not only exquisite outfits to wear, but also serve as a source of comfort. A favorite silk-lined wrap, for example, may bring fond memories of your mother. These comforting thoughts can help ease the stress, particularly in more severe cancer cases such as mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
Treatments can drain every ounce of energy from you. At this time, you need to rest to regain strength for the next round of treatment. Different sites online can help you indulge your vintage fashion fantasies as you review styles, possibly for purchase. You may find, for example, original Coco Chanel coats for sale through an online vendor. You may then want to search for matching shoes and a purse. You can do all of this from the comfort of home without even leaving your bed. This may do wonders for your spirit as the images take your mind off your condition.
If you love this type of fashion, then the pieces you wear remain a constant expression of yourself that won’t change, even as your body and health may experience radical upheaval from the treatment. In the spirit of fashion, you can try different things to enhance your look as you make the side effect of hair loss work for you. This is your chance to go blonde if you are a brunette, for example. In doing so, you keep fighting to maintain your positive mental outlook to help you get through tough treatment.
These elements of fashion can take you back to a time that was simpler, or remind you of relatives long gone. You may have inherited pencil skirts from your mom or grandmother that remain stylish today. If one of them lost a battle with cancer, you may want to wear their heirloom clothing to show that the fight continues. Their struggles also may remind you how far we have come with medical advances in cancer treatment.
Vintage fashion can serve many purposes beyond making a visual statement. These pieces can keep you tied to those you loved in your life, and remind you to treasure every moment. Vintage quality and style can give you a source of comfort as it offers you something familiar to cling to when surrounded by new and unfamiliar settings. The clothing can give you the confidence to feel beautiful and appreciate every day for its special gifts of life.